Christmas Lights, Holiday Plays, and Winter Festivities Guide

Uncovering Oklahoma’s Holiday Guide highlights the various winter festivities, such as Christmas Lights, plays, and winter sports, happening throughout Oklahoma in 2021-2022. Events and Performing Arts are sorted by Date while everything else is alphabetical.

For fall activities, check out the Halloween/Fall Guide. Looking for New Year Celebrations? Read the New Years Celebrations Guide.

This guide is regularly updated, so check back. Some listings may be placeholders and so if you see last year’s date, then I haven’t been able to confirm the event for this year at the time. Before traveling, double-check with venues on social media for status updates as weather can be an issue or a place may be rented for a private event.

Arts and Entertainment

WHERE: Enid
Christmastime is coming to Enid with numerous family-friendly events, concerts, and performances scheduled throughout the season. Beginning in November, visitors to Enid can enjoy holiday décor and yuletide cheer at various local businesses and events.

WHERE: Artesian Hotel
1001 West 1st Street, Sulphur

This Christmas season, escape to the Artesian and rediscover all that the holidays have to offer. From dazzling décor to scenic carriage rides, this year’s Classic Christmas is one you won’t soon forget.

Skaters on the Devon Ice Rink - photo by Dennis Spielman

WHERE: Myriad Botanical Gardens
301 West Reno Avenue, Oklahoma City

Just as the leaves are falling and the temperatures dip down to the freezing mark, the Devon Ice Rink will open for its ninth season at Myriad Botanical Gardens. As one of the premier attractions of Downtown in December, the rink is located on the transformed Seasonal Plaza and features 5500 square feet of real ice, skate rentals, seasonal food and beverage offerings. Take part in all that is magical about the holiday season and skate under the skyline and twinkle lights strung across the rink.

Downtown in December is a series of holiday events and attractions in Oklahoma City. It’s a one-of-a-kind winter experience that features thrilling outdoor ice skating, a tree lighting festival, afternoon visits with Santa Claus, a festive holiday run, snow tubing, free water taxi excursions, performing arts, shopping, and parties that are all surrounded by twinkling holiday lights.

The video is from a previous year, but many of the same events are happening this year.

WHERE: Mitch Park
1501 West Covell Road, Edmond

Mitch Park in Edmond is home to an outdoor ice skating rink and a holiday light trail. Luminance is the new walk-thru holiday light display that will be open to the public at the park during the month of December.

Luminance is a walk-thru holiday light display that will be open to the public in Mitch Park.

Residents and visitors experience a one-of-a-kind holiday lights celebration that features more than 40 large individual displays along with lighting on trees, pathways and pavilions in the park. Edmond hosts the only walk-through 3D holiday light display in Oklahoma, ensuring visitors will see something they’ve never seen before. 

Luminance takes place in Mitch Park which is a dog-friendly park. All dogs are to be on a leash and picked up after while in the park. 

WHERE: Downtown Guthrie
WHEN: November – December

Guthrie’s Territorial Christmas began as a hometown holiday event in 1995 when a group of merchants and citizens decided to celebrate Christmas as it had been in the early days of the Oklahoma Territory after the Land Run of 1889. Their biggest draw is the Victorian Walk Evenings where you can spend an evening strolling brick streets enjoying life as it was in Christmas’s past.

Windows throughout the Downtown Historic District come alive with living scenes depicting the joys of the season. During the Victorian Walk Evenings, watch for roving carolers and peanut vendors in the streets, shopkeepers and elegant folks dressed for the celebration in period costumes, and the welcoming ambiance you’ve come to expect in Historic Guthrie.

WHERE: Frontier City
11501 North I-35 Service Road, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 20 – January 2, 2022

Enjoy Christmas lights, visits with Santa Claus, rides, holiday shows, and more at Frontier City every weekend this holiday season.

LOCATION: 3rd & Denver, Tulsa
WHEN: November 30, 2020 – January 3, 2021

The time has come to bundle up and enjoy the magical spirit of the holidays as Tulsa’s favorite winter festival returns to downtown Tulsa. The 14th Annual Arvest Winterfest presented with CommunityCare will kick off another season of holiday fun later this month. Named by People Magazine as the top holiday destination in Oklahoma, Arvest Winterfest presented with CommunityCare will be open from Friday, November 19 through Monday, January 3. 

This year, ice skating returns back outside BOK Center on Third Street. Event organizers have placed a heavy focus on the health and safety of their guests so they will be able to safely experience the magic of the holiday season! 

LOCATION: 3rd & Denver, Tulsa
WHEN: November 17, 2021 – December 26, 2021

Gathering Place will transform into a Winter Wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights on the QuikTrip Great Lawn! We’ll spread holiday cheer with live holiday music, a winter market with holiday gifts made by local vendors, an elf dance party, festive food, and holiday drinks. Guests can visit ONEOK Boathouse to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and engage in hands-on activities at the Winter Wonderland workshop for kids of all ages.

Christmas Lights, Holiday Lights, and other Bright Spots
Lights on Broadway in Automobile Alley, part of Downtown Oklahoma City - photo by Dennis Spielman

WHERE: 4th to 10th Street on Broadway Avenue in Oklahoma City
WHEN: November – January
ADMISSION: Free

Take in the breathtaking display of holiday lights each winter. Visit the district to see more than 600,000 colorful LED lights draped over buildings in a dazzling display of Christmas cheer. The light display is easily seen from your car, but if you want to truly get into the holiday spirit you should get out and take it in on foot. Or, hop aboard the OKC Streetcar and tour lights all around downtown.

Cruise down historic Automobile Alley for the district’s holiday open house and experience its stunning light display during the 6th annual Lights On Broadway event! The fun returns in 2021 for 4 Saturdays this season: November 20th and 27th and December 4th and 11th.

Each Saturday from 4-7 pm, various retail shops and restaurants will feature buzz-worthy window displays, in addition to pop-up activities, special promotions, and giveaways. Attendees will enjoy family-friendly programming along the sidewalks such as live music, balloon art, performances, photos with Santa Claus, and more.

Lights in Bricktown, Oklahoma City - photo by Dennis Spielman
Bricktown

WHERE: Bricktown, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November – January
ADMISSION: Parking fee varies by location/time

The Bricktown Canal Lights display will brighten your Bricktown experience. As you stroll the canal, enjoy the dining and shopping along downtown OKC’s premier entertainment district under the gorgeous holiday lights. The light display is free to the public. Keep an eye out for Santa as he tours downtown events on his segway and delivers goodies for both kids and adults.

STARTING POINT: Holiday Pop-Up Shops
399 NW 10th Street, Oklahoma City
ADMISSION: $20 (bike rental extra)

Experience downtown Oklahoma City’s Holiday lights in a whole new way by biking through Automobile Alley and Heritage Hills with Ride OKC. You’ll see stunning festive light displays while listening to your favorite holiday tunes. Worried about being cold? We have you covered with a warm and delicious cup of hot chocolate from Katy Bug’s Sips and Sweets.

This Ride OKC special edition tour is offered for $20. It lasts 1.5 hours and includes a unique experience, local guide, bottle of water, and hot chocolate. Don’t own a bike? Just add a bike or kids trailer rental at check out.

WHERE: Chickasaw Cultural Center, 867 Cooper Memorial Drive in Sulphur

Embrace the holiday season with a spectacular drive-thru light display at the Chickasaw Cultural Center’s Celebration of Lights. Our light extravaganza features dozens of displays with traditional Christmas themes.

ADMISSION: Free, however, extra cost for events

Through the power of community spirit, Chickasha’s Festival of Lights is a worthy visit. All decorations are designed and hand-made in Chickasha with the help of thousands of volunteers. This free event does have some paid extras, such as ice skating, carriage rides, and photos with Santa available for a charge. For more information, directions, and special event dates visit their website at chickashafestivaloflight.org.

WHERE: 3400 West Fern Mountain Road, Muskogee

At the Christmas Kingdom, drive through Castleton Village, filled with thousands of holiday inflatables and colorful lights, creating an unforgettable display. Open every night, Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Eve. Admission for the drive-through is free, though donations are gratefully accepted. Some of the activities, such as the Christmas Train, Pony Rides, and Holiday Hayride, have a fee.

Take a hayride or a carriage ride through the Village, or ride the ponies or the camel! Don’t miss the petting zoo. Stop inside The Castle for the Christmas Shoppe, free family movies, unique merchants, and the cafe. Make ornaments in Santa’s workshop and warm up by the fireplace.

WHERE: Downs Family Home
2900 72nd Avenue SE, Norman

With over 18 miles of light strands, the Downs Family transforms their countryside property into a Christmas Musical Experience, syncing up several Christmas songs to lights. The experience is similar to going to a drive-in movie where patrons would park on the field, turn their radio to 107.1 FM, and watch the show. The show is free with them only collecting food and cash donations for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

WHERE: Honor Heights Park
1400 Honor Heights Drive in Muskogee

The Muskogee Parks and Recreation Department presents Garden of Lights, a display of over 1.2 million lights decorating the trees, bushes, and walkways throughout Honor Heights Park. A beautiful, glittering display is timed to holiday music as you drive through the park. Don’t miss the ice rink, refreshments, and gift shop.

This family tradition began in 1995 with just 44 displays and has grown to be the largest animated lights display in a five state region with more than 100 animated light displays. The one and a half mile long drive boasts over one million lights in the heart of Joe B. Barnes Regional Park. Enjoy the amazing 118 foot Christmas tree illuminated with over 9,000 LED bulbs, the impressive tunnel of lights, Santa fly fishing in a 15 foot waterfall, elves baking in the candy factory and so much more!

To get to the lights from I-40 or I-240 exit Douglas Blvd. North and follow the Snowflakes heading West on S.E 15th to the entrance at Century Blvd.

A wonderful holiday tradition returns again this year at Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve, with the spectacular Wonderland of Lights. The grounds and buildings of Woolaroc will all be open and be covered with over 750,000 lights as the historic ranch transforms itself into a magical winter wonderland! The lights will be turned on Friday, November 26th, and will be on every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 5-9 p.m., through December 19th. Again this year, the main drive to the campus will be reversed, allowing guests the unique view, seen only this time of year, of the buildings across from Clyde Lake, outlined in lights. Join us for wagon rides, cookies and hot cocoa in the lodge (not included in admission price), and see Woolaroc all lit up at night! 

No advance purchase of admission, simply pay at the front gate upon entry. Please note that the front gate closes at 8:30 pm. 

Admission to Wonderland of Lights is $6 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under.

Woolaroc is located 12 miles SW of Bartlesville on State Highway 123 and 45 miles NW of Tulsa. For more information, call Woolaroc at 918-336-0307, extension 100 or 101.

ADMISSION: Free – Donations Merrily Accepted

Holiday excitement and free family fun are in store at Yukon’s breathtaking Christmas in the Park, a magical wonderland of visual entertainment offered starting the Saturday before Thanksgiving at 6 p.m., then running from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. every night through New Year’s Eve. Motorists from across the country drive along nearly three miles of illuminated fun in three inter-connected city parks to see 5 million twinkling lights and over 500 one-of-a-kind lighted displays. Guests may also enjoy walking through the lights or, for a small fee, riding the Santa Express Train.

The tour starts in Yukon City Park, winds through Freedom Trail, then concludes Chisholm Trail Park. 

Walkers: stop by several “selfie stations” scattered throughout the parks. These festive stations are a great backdrop for a family photo or your next profile picture. Be sure to tag the City of Yukon in your pictures! Walkers, as well as those who want to visit Santa, are encouraged to park in the Oklahoma Parking Lot, located on the north end of Chisholm Trail Park.

At the Santa Express Train Station, young and old alike will love taking photos in the adorable Gingerbread Family Photo Cutouts, in the airplane, on the toy train or by Czechers, the massive Polar Bear! The recently added singing Christmas tree is sure to add some magic to your visit. For a small fee, the ever-popular Santa Express Train carries you on an enchanting ride among millions of Christmas lights.

A new 30 foot RGB Christmas Tree presents a stunning light show throughout your visit. Enjoy animations and dancing lights, all synched to your favorite Christmas tunes. Other recent additions include a majestic unicorn and juggling dragon.

Admission is free, and donations are merrily accepted at both the Chisholm Trail Park exit and the City Park exit. When you exit Chisholm Trail Park, don’t forget to stop by the Character House for selfies with your favorite Christmas characters. Santa will even make appearances Friday and Saturday evenings!

Pop-Up Holiday Bars & Dining Experiences

LOCATION:  1618 North Blackwelder Ave in Oklahoma City, OK 73106

WHEN: Thursdays – Fridays 3:00pm-10:00pm / Saturdays noon-10pm Week of Christmas Times: Wednesday & Thursday noon-10pm

You can sip on Clark’s Good Ole Fashioned Eggnog, Ellen’s Mulled Wine, or try one of Aunt Bethany’s Jell-O Shots while you wait to take a family photo in Clark’s living room, complete with an oversized tree and a cat burned into the carpet. Beat the mall Santa any day! 

Cousin Eddie’s has a heated, tented lounge, patio, kids play area, and is dog friendly. Pick up some takeup and bring it to enjoy with one of their beverages (non-alcoholic cocoas and pops for the kids, beers, wine, and cocktails for the adults) from their newly renovated Airstream bar. 

Holiday Shopping Events

WHERE: Oklahoma State Fair
3001 General Pershing Blvd in Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 19 & 20, 2021.
ADMISSION: Free

The Santa Market is one of OKC’s largest craft shows. Come see us at the State Fair Park for an incredible shopping experience! All proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Oklahoma!

The Holiday Pop-Up Shops in 2014 photo by Dennis Spielman

WHERE: 397 NW 10th St, Oklahoma City

A holiday shopping village in the heart of Midtown! Visit over 50 independent shops, an urban Christmas tree lot managed by Bishop John Carroll School, and much more at the Holiday Pop-Up Shops. Shops rotate weekly through a set of geodesic domes (though for 2020 the domes are not there) and the tree lot is available until trees sell out.

WHERE: Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market
ADMISSION: Free

Sleigh Bells Market returns to the OKC Farmers Market Building in Oklahoma City! Two floors of vendors with vintage, handmade and local goods! Holiday drinks will be served by the Farmers Market Bar. There are no direct sales or multi-level marketing vendors at this event. Owned and produced by Revolve Productions.

WHERE: Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center
1700 West Independence Street in Shawnee
WHEN: November 20, 2021
ADMISSION: Free

Come do some holiday shopping with great vendors bringing vintage Christmas, holiday goods, handmade goods, boutique items, and gifts! There are no direct sales or multi-level marketing vendors at this event. Owned and produced by Revolve Productions.

Concerts, Performing Arts and Parades

WHERE: Oklahoma Children’s Theatre
2501 North Blackwelder, Oklahoma City
WHEN: December 22 and 23, 2021

The Christmas classic follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher, and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more.

WHERE: 120 West Harrison Avenue, Guthrie
WHEN: November 26th – December 23rd, 2021

Returning to the Pollard stage for the third time, this beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

A Christmas Carol by Lyric Theatre - promo photo

WHERE: Harn Homestead
1721 N. Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 17 – December 23, 2021

Closing the year, Oklahoma’s favorite holiday tradition, Lyric’s A Christmas Carol, returns for its 11th year – November 17 to December 23. In Charles Dickens’ timeless tale, three magical ghosts whisk the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge away on an unforgettable adventure of transformation and redemption. Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, The Fezziwigs and a host of unforgettable characters spring to life in Lyric’s spectacular production sparking the holiday spirit in audiences of all ages. You’ll go from humbug to happy in one magical night under the stars. As featured in The New York Times and BBC News. Co-directed by Lyric’s Producing Artistic Director Michael Baron and Exective Producer Ashley Wells, the immersive production returns for its second year at the historic Harn Homestead.

WHERE: Carpenter Square Theatre
806 West Main Street, Oklahoma City
WHEN: NO HOLIDAY SHOW THIS YEAR

No holiday shows are listed for 2021 as they work on their new building!

WHERE: Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park
2920 Paseo, Oklahoma City
WHEN: NO PRODUCTION FOR 2021

Join Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park for a celebration of the life and love of Jane Austen, as seen through the eyes of her most beloved characters, this Holiday season! Dance, sing, and eat sweet treats among a wonderful cast of characters decked out in their finery for the Christmas holidays. Celebrate and play along as you witness her most famous love stories come to life before your eyes. Bring your dancing shoes and dress in your best, or just come as you are and enjoy the show. Participation is welcome, and cheer is infectious!

WHERE: Gaslight Theatre
221 North Independence, Enid
WHEN: December 3-5 & 10-12, 2021

Everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure.

WHERE: Stockyards City Main Street
1307 South Agnew Ave, Oklahoma City
WHEN: December 4, 2021, at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Come to historic Stockyards City for the annual Cowboy Christmas Parade!  The festivities kick off at 10:00 a.m. with the Longhorns leading the parade.   Also included are antique cars, tractors, community groups, equestrian clubs, law enforcement, pageant royalty, and the famous Cowboy Santa!

Following the parade, there will be pictures with Santa.  

WHERE: Oklahoma City Improv Theatre
1757 NW 16th Street, Oklahoma City

It’s the most hilarious time of the year as OKC Improv spreads its annual holiday cheer by bringing multiple nights of nonstop laughter!

WHERE: Sooner Theatre
101 East Main Street, Norman
WHEN: December 11-13 and 18-20, 2020

Leapin’ Lizards! The irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals.

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including “Tomorrow.”

WHERE: OKC Civic Center Music Hall
201 North Walker Avenue, Oklahoma City
WHEN: December 11-29, 2021

All will be merry and bright as Oklahoma City’s favorite holiday production, The Nutcracker, fills the Civic Center in a warm glow this December. Tchaikovsky’s familiar score and Artistic Director Robert Mills’ delightful staging come together as Clara and the Nutcracker Prince journey to adventurous places beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. An Oklahoma City favorite now in its 50th year, this joyous production awaits you and yours this holiday season.

WHERE: Downtown Tulsa
WHEN: December 11, 2021, at 12:00 pm

Since 1926, the Tulsa Christmas Parade has entertained thousands of children and adults year after year as it winds through the historic streets of downtown Tulsa. In its early days, when Tulsa was a new town booming with rapid growth from the recent discovery of oil, the Christmas parade quickly became an annual tradition that has continued to be a favorite event.

WHERE: OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center
7777 South May Avenue, Oklahoma City
WHEN: December 3-5, 2012

Grab your family and friends for an incredible performance and reimagining of the classic holiday story! Follow Carlos on his hip hop journey to self-discovery through magical lands filled with larger-than-life characters.

WHERE: Downtown Norman
WHEN: Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 6:00 pm

Returning to the typical format, the 2021 Norman Christmas Holiday Parade, Miracle on Main Street: Bring Your Favorite Holiday Memory, will return to Historic Downtown starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 4. The route will begin at Main Street and Pickard Avenue (the Norman High School parking lot) and end at James Garner Avenue, in front of the railroad tracks. Enter the parade by filling out the registration form.

WHERE: 2221 Exchange Avenue, Oklahoma City
WHEN: December 19, 2020

Join the Rodeo Opry Band and a bevy of top performers as they share songs of the season at the annual Rodeo Opry Christmas Show.

Retro Wonderland

WHERE: VZDs
4200 North Western Avenue, Oklahoma City
WHEN: POSTPONED

The City Cabaret OKC is celebrating the holiday season by transforming into an intimate 1950’s jazz club offering a mix of Christmas and classic jazz standards. Tickets are $25. Dressing in a retro-style is not required but encouraged.

 The Gift Raps is an annual charity event for homeless and those in need during the holidays that tours around various cities in Oklahoma. Each show is free and excepting donations such as non-perishable food items, socks, gloves, toys for children, etc.


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